CAMPO, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two United States citizens in East County San Diego on Sunday after finding two illegal aliens in the trunk of their car.
At approximately 4 p.m., Border Patrol agents initiated a vehicle stop on a silver Nissan Maxima on Interstate 8 near the Kitchen Creek Road off-ramp.
A 62-year-old male driver and his 21-year-old female passenger stated that they were U.S. citizens. A search of their vehicle revealed two men locked inside of the trunk. Agents determined the men were Mexican nationals illegally present in the country. All individuals were transported to a nearby Border Patrol station for processing.
The driver and the passenger were arrested and face Federal charges for human smuggling. Their vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
Last fiscal year, the San Diego Sector apprehended 29,911 people for entering the U.S. illegally.
To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.